In a move to advance school safety, Oklahoma K-12 and charter schools will now be able to use an anonymous tip application. The new app will allow students, staff, and parents to confidentially share concerns about safety threats.

The app is part of Rave Mobile Safety’s AppArmor solution, which includes mobile safety, emergency notifications, and hazard response apps.

Oklahoma decided to turn to an app after determining that an existing anonymous tip line solution was not being used by schools in the state. The original tip line was funded via a three-year Homeland Security Grant, which ends in 2023. After determining the phone line wasn’t being used, the Oklahoma School Safety Institute and Oklahoma School Division decided to use the grant funding for AppArmor.

“The safety of our students and staff in the state’s K-12 public and charter schools is paramount, and it is critical that we have real time solutions to enhance safety and understand potential threats,” said Gary Shelton, program coordinator of Oklahoma School Safety Institute.

Oklahoma turned to Rave Mobile Security after successfully deploying the Rave Panic Button statewide. The Rave Panic Button is a safety app that communicates emergencies to 9-1-1-, on-site staff, and first responders for integrated and immediate response. It is already in use in Oklahoma’s 1,845 K-12 public and charter schools and, according to Rave Mobile, 92.4 percent of schools opt-in to use the Rave Panic Button app.

“AppArmor has been successfully deployed in school districts across the country and nearly all the schools in Oklahoma have already embraced Rave Panic Button, so we are confident that AppArmor’s anonymous tipping capabilities will be utilized and that school safety efforts across the state will be strengthened,” Shelton said.

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